How to Calculate The Price For Your Hot Sauce
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More Tips On Pricing Your Hot Sauce
How To Price Your Hot Sauce
One of the most challenging aspects to starting a hot sauce business is determining how much to charge for your hot sauce.
When businesses under-price their product, this can be extremely detrimental to their bottom line and reputation.
Often times, businesses under-price their products to drive demand and volume, but that last thing you want is for customers to view your product/service as "cheap." Additionally, this can have a big impact on the type of customer you attract, which can be difficult to recover from.
On the other hand, when businesses over-price, this tends to be just as damaging to the business.
When customers buy, it's likely that they will explore the internet and look at other competitors to ensure they're getting the best value + deal. This is why it's so important that you research your competition and understand where you land in the marketplace.
Here are some factors to consider when pricing your product:
Understand your customer
It's important that out of the gates, you identify the type of customer you want to attract and how much they're willing to pay for your service. One great way to do this is by surveying your customers. Here are some important items you'll want to takeaway:
- Customer demographic: Age, gender, location, etc.
- Buying habits of your customer: What they buy + when they buy
- Level of price sensitivity with your customer
All of these segments will help you identify the type of customer you're attracting and how to price your product accordingly.
Understand your costs
When pricing your hot sauce, it's critical that you first identify all of your costs and consequently mark up your hot sauce so you can factor in a profit.
The actual cost of your hot sauce may include things like:
- The actual cost to make the product (ie. raw materials, supplies, manufacturer).
- Shipping + overhead fees
- Operating costs to run your business
You may want to consider creating a spreadsheet with every single expense involved in operating/owning your business. This will give you an idea as to what you need to generate in order to at the very least, break-even and will help you price your products to factor in a profit.
Create revenue goals
When determining the price of your hot sauce, you'll want to create goals for revenue + how much profit you want your hot sauce business to make.
This process is simpler than you may think:
- Think about your breakeven cost (by completing the above step).
- Create a revenue goal based on your break-even cost
- Evaluate the # of items you plan to sell in a given period (make sure this is a realistic number)
- Divide your revenue goal by the number of items you plan to sell
This figure will help determine your estimated price per product in order to meet your revenue goals.
Evaluate your competition
The last piece in determining how to price your hot sauce is by simply looking at your competition.
The best way to do this is by finding like-minded businesses that offer product(s) with similar perceived value. Then, you can compare prices of the different businesses and determine where your hot sauce fits best in the marketplace.
All of these factors play an equal part in pricing your hot sauce, so it's important you evaluate each one individually to come up with an accurate price that will help optimize your business from the start.
Lauren Costanza, founder of Bluminary provides us with a detailed spreadsheet of all of her costs associated with running her business:
I knew this would be a self-funded adventure, and I set aside $3,000. During the first three months, I had a detailed spreadsheet where I tracked where the money was going and what was going toward products versus researching and developing new products.
The spreadsheets involved columns and rows of numbers to craft a budget and gain an understanding of how much would need to be invested at each stage of the process - from gathering supplies to building a website, and shipping materials.
Examples of a successful hot sauce business:
Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce ($1.02M/year)
daniel fitzgerald from New York, NY, USA started Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce over 7 years ago, a hot sauce business.
- Revenue: $85,000/ month
- Founders: 3
- Employees: 3
- Location: New York, NY, USA
Hello! We are Small Axe Peppers, a New York City-based hot sauce manufacturing company that sources our peppers from over 200 community gardens throughout The United States.
Originally founded by John A. Crotty, John Fitzgerald, Todd Snyder, and Drew Doscher, we launched with a mission to support community gardens and urban agriculture initiatives, which we believe are having a tremendous impact, revitalizing neighborhoods across America and bringing fresh, local produce directly to consumers.
Flaming Licks ($156K/year)
James Bryson from Wimborne Minster, England, United Kingdom started Flaming Licks about 6 years ago, a hot sauce business.
- Revenue: $13,000/ month
- Founders: 2
- Employees: 3
- Location: Wimborne Minster, England, United Kingdom
Hello! We are James and Erika and we run Flaming Licks. Flaming Licks is a hot sauce subscription club and chili shop based in Dorset in the UK. We send out monthly boxes containing curated hot sauces and spicy products to chili lovers around the world. Most of our members are people who love to add a spicy kick to their meals. They range from those who use hot sauce sometimes to the full-blown chili addicts.
We have finished 2019 with around 500 active members and plan to grow to 1000 members by the end of next year.
KPOP Foods ($78K/year)
Theo Lee from Los Angeles, California, USA started KPOP Foods over 4 years ago, a hot sauce business.
- Revenue: $6,500/ month
- Founders: 2
- Employees: 5
- Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Hi, my name is Theo Lee and I’m the co-founder and CEO of KPOP Foods.
Today, the brand and story behind a company is critical for success and sustainability as consumers are driven towards companies and products making an impact.
KPOP Foods is a Korean food company inviting people to discover and enjoy Korean flavors through its food products. Our approach is to become the Red Bull of Korean food by bringing together mainstream culture, art, music, and food.
My co-founder, Mike Kim, and I are both Korean Americans and launched KPOP Foods because we wanted to build a Korean food brand that people could resonate with and embrace.
Trini Pepper Sauce ($27K/year)
Mustafa from Raleigh started Trini Pepper Sauce over 7 years ago, a hot sauce business.
- Revenue: $2,250/ month
- Founders: 3
- Employees: 0
- Location: Raleigh
Hello! My name is Mustafa Mannan, co-founder and co-owner of Trini Pepper Sauce by Findlay Food Group llc. Undergrad friends and I started producing two varieties of sauce, mild [also known as “Original”] and hot, five years ago.
The sauces comprise a fresh blend of Scotch Bonnet and Scorpion peppers, garlic, cultantro and other ingredients. These ingredients provide a flavor-forward sauce that’s followed by a creeping heat. Customers often comment on the fruity flavor and full body of the sauce, which is attributed to the use of pimento and papaya. Also, the sauce has a low vinegar and sodium content compared to other hot sauces. Customers compliment this feature because it allows them to indulge and enhance the flavor of their meal, without overpowering it.
Today, the sauce is sold in specialty stores in Raleigh and Washington DC, with the majority of sales coming from our online store front. All in all we are averaging $3000/month in revenue.
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